While it’s true that many visitors come to Colorado to enjoy the state’s one-of-a-kind natural beauty, there are also a wealth of cultural institutions with a little something for everyone. The state has an amazing array of museums throughout, covering everything from art and history to transportation, and it’s definitely worth spending some time touring these facilities. Here’s a list of some of the best museums to visit in Colorado.
If you’ve got little ones, the Children’s Museum of Denver is the place to be. Kids 10 and under will love this fully hands-on environment, with over a dozen exhibits that are more like “playscapes,” including a pint-sized veterinary clinic, a hands-on fire department, an interactive grocery store, and an assembly plant for junior builders. There’s also a large outdoor play area to soak up some Colorado sunshine.
The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave near Golden explores the life of Buffalo Bill Cody, a legend of the Old West. The museum has a host of artifacts from his touring Wild West shows, including show outfits, memorabilia, and even Sitting Bull’s famous bow and arrows. You can even visit his grave site. The museum sits at Lookout Mountain Park and has some fantastic scenic views as well. There’s even a herd of buffalo nearby that you may catch a glimpse of—if you’re lucky.
Also in Golden, you’ll find the Colorado Railroad Museum, which pays year-round tribute to Colorado’s long railroad history. Visitors can take a walk around the 15-acre rail yard, which includes more than 100 historic railcars. Inside, you’ll find exhibit galleries and a library, a roundhouse restoration facility and a working turntable. In the summertime, you can even take a Saturday train ride.
Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W 44th Ave, Golden, CO, USA, +1 303 279 4591
The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, located in the historic mining district of Leadville, is a federally chartered, non-profit mining museum—the only one of its kind. The museum sits inside a Victorian high school and sets out to honor the men and women responsible for mining our nation’s natural resources throughout history. Exhibits include replicas of mines and crystal caves, mining attire, and archival photos of those who have worked in American mines throughout the years. There are also samples of gems, precious metals, and minerals. Visitors can also tour the historic Matchless Mine and Baby Doe’s Cabin from Memorial Day weekend through September.